If you're looking for inaccuracies in technology reporting from the MainStream Media (MSM), I suggest you read the BBC's report on vBulletin.

Let's begin at the first paragraph.

(T)o collect reams of personal data.

I don't know about the average forum user, but I don't have much personal data on online forums. Email address would be about it on most boards, sometimes I'd add a date of birth or real name if it were required.

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(A)llows anyone to easily access the main administrator username and password for a site.

This is not strictly the case, and it is misleading to boot. Yes, some web hosts make you use a single username and password pair for the control panel, FTP, and any MySQL databases linked to your account. These are few and far between in the 2010 Internet (although I used one such host as late as 2008). So it _could_ be the "main administrator" revealed to the attacker, but likely not. Most web hosts now require setting up separate usernames for databases and FTP accounts and so forth. Moreover, this sentence has been misinterpreted to mean the vBulletin administrator account. It is not, and vBulletin accounts should not be hijacked from this attack. '1

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This would also allow hackers to access data, such as e-mail addresses, and edit the site at will.

Not true unless the "main administrator" conditions discussed above were true.

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vBulletin is software that is used to power the vast majority of internet forums and discussion boards on the web.

"Vast majority" is a vast overstatement. That would imply upwards of 90% in my mind, and there's no way vBulletin has that many million customers.

As a more general kind of statement, this article saddens me. You never want a technology story like this in the MSM. Even if all publicity is good publicity, you're still upsetting the clients already in existence.

'1: I am not aware of the sort of password hashing vBulletin uses. It could be possible to find a collision or what have you depending on this bit of information.